Many already agree that the Dark Knight is one of the best pictures of the year. An unparalleled and extraordinary achievement of quality epic film making that only happens on rare occasions when lightning strikes. Audiences and critics alike were blown away by the riveting drama, the compelling performances, the amazing cinematography, and the startling way the film redefined cinematic storytelling in an epic crime drama about justice, society, and the nature of evil. Films like this only come along once in a lifetime…
But why care whether it gets an Oscar?
Well because it’s a part of history. If “The Dark Knight” is the first comic book film to ever be nominated for Best Picture, that is what goes down in the history books.
The alternative option is that Hollywood writes it off as just another Hollywood comic book summer blockbuster and the studios completely ignore the quality, care, writing, acting, cinematography, and storytelling that set this film apart from the rest. The better “Dark Knight” does in terms of prestige and respect, the higher the bar is raised for the artform. Wouldn’t you like rather see more comic book films like “Dark Knight” and less “Fantastic Four,” “Ghost Rider,” “Daredevil,” “Elektra,” “Spiderman 3,” and “Xmen 3.”
There are so many comic books done badly by studios that don’t understand. They all made plenty of money for their studios, but what makes “Dark Knight” different and special? What about all those qualities that make it a great film? The studios should understand the power of a great comic book storytelling translation and the pointlessness of a bad one. I’m hoping an effort to get a Best Picture nomination makes that clear to them. It’s rewarding the studio and filmmakers that did it right.
And yet it has an uphill battle ahead of it for Academy Awards nomination chances.
Well because Academy voters love tradition. All 80 years of it. Tradition says that movies based on comic book characters do not get nominated for awards. Summer Blockbusters? Not likely. Sequels? Definitely not. So even if it was the greatest film of all time (IMDB currently has it at #4 of all time) it still faces long odds with Academy voters.
Remember 1999? Some great groundbreaking films like Iron Giant, Fight Club, Magnolia, Election, Being John Malkovich, Talented Mr. Ripley, Man on the Moon, Run Lola Run, Three Kings… well guess what, not a single one of them was nominated for Best Picture.
So what this campaign aims to do is help turn the tide on those long odds.
If people get out there and spread the word, on film sites, movie newspapers, oscar blogs, and forums all over the Internet, that the Dark Knight deserves Best Picture, then it’s bound to have an influence on Academy Voters (yes even they use the Internet). Even mainstream media might pickup the story, anything’s possible.
So get out there and spread the word and don’t let a chance at making cinematic history for The Dark Knight pass by.